From research and some experience with these Android smartphones, here are the top 7 Android phones you can buy right now.
Google's Android is currently the most used operating system all over the world, and while there are countless new devices are popping up every day, not all devices carrying the popular open-source OS are actually worth your money.
Some new devices have been launched this year, and there is still many more that have been promised, but that doesn’t mean there aren't some that currently do the job of a smartphone as awesomely as technologically possible.
From research and some experience with these Android smartphones, here are the top 7 Android phones you can buy right now:
Samsung Galaxy S7: This is Samsung's most current flagship device, and was only recently launched last week in Nigeria. As opposed to its last flagship the S6, Samsung has addressed what its fans wanted the most (removable storage, waterproofing, and battery life) in the Galaxy S7 and its Edge variant. A lot of the hardware is now better (especially the camera I hear, Samsung has given Pulse Tech one to review yet), and it is pretty much unbeatable right now. Be wary of the N200,000 price tag though.
Samsung Galaxy S6: The LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z4 are the only phones that come even remotely close to the S6 out of all the Android phones that dropped in 2015. Samsung finally worked on its design, wireless and fast charging are part of the package, and it’s just a generally better product (although very iPhoney). Removable battery, waterproofing and additional storage is missing. You probably want to be sure about that almost N200,000 price tag too.
Google Nexus 6P: Nexus phones have always stood out for their value for money and the 6P doesn’t disappoint. In fact, this probably the best value-for-money Android phone you can buy right now. Its screen may be large but it has an excellent screen, quick charging, great build quality, and best of all, stock Android Marshmallow. Its sub-N150k price also makes its cheaper than other flagships it’s competing with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Reviews I've read online (Again, Samsung has not given us one to review) really speak to how good a product the Note 5 is. Like its siblings, the Galaxy S6 and S7, the design aesthetic on the Note 5 is awesome. Its 4GB RAM powerhouse only has false S pen detachment detection to soil its name, and that says a lot. Unfortunately, availability is very limited.
LG G4: I reviewed this phone at at the time, it was second only to the Samsung Galaxy S6 (I actually preferred the G4 because the S6 design felt too iPhoney). Unlike the competition in its class, the G4 has a removable battery, wonderful unique design, and very powerful internals. Unfortunately new age tech like wireless charging is absent but that sub N170k price tag is not too bad, considering the competition.
Sony Xperia Z5: Sony's smartphone business may not be making a lot of money right now, but the Z5 is a very good phone. That frosted glass cover, minimalistic design, and great camera are just some features of the Z5 that make it a great device to own. Factor in the ever wonderful Sony camera and you have a flagship that can hold its own. For a sub-N200k price tag, you can't really do much wrong.
Huawei P8: I reviewed this phone last year and was impressed. Huawei has stepped up its game production-wise and the P8 is a beautifully-made phone. The metallic finish on the sides, glass back, premium feel and all-out specs all make the P8 a very good option. It is also way less expensive compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, while besting some of them in some key spec areas. Also, the Huawei P8's earphones are some of the best in the market. The only complaint I had was with the Emotion UI which very Chinese, if you know what I mean. There's also a Lite P8 version if you are on a budget.
If there are any other Android phones you think are awesome or offer great value for money, feel free to mention them in the comments section below and add why you think they should be among the list of the best Android smartphones available now.
You can also see a video of me unboxing the Huawei P8 below: